Mental Health & Well-being
At Prestolee Primary School, we believe that the health, happiness and wellbeing of each individual is paramount to their personal development, academic progress and next steps in life. Our PSHE curriculum reflects this vision and aims to ensure that children are exposed to positive and supportive health and wellbeing approach with constant support. Our aim is to continue to educate our children to ensure resilience, self-worth, confidence and determination. We have our childrens mental health and wellbeing at the heart of all that we do and use our curriculum to address the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of all learners.
The information and resources in this section of our school website are intended to provide, support, guidance, offer ideas and share activities that can address difficulties that parents and carers may experience with their child or they can be used to simply help to maintain a healthy wellbeing. There is also information about other agencies and support organisations that you may find useful.
Special Mental Health & Wellbeing Coronavirus Resources:
This pandemic is changing children’s lives across the globe and will have a lasting impact on us all. Helping children to understand what is going on is an important step in helping them to manage their feelings and emotions.
A Book Explaining the Coronavirus
Released April 2020: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Click on the link below.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
- What is the coronavirus?
- How do you catch the coronavirus?
- What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
- Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
- Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
- Why are some places we normally go to closed?
- What can I do to help?
- What’s going to happen next?
A Kids' Guide to Coronavirus with Dr Ranj
Dr Ranj answers questions on Coronavirus posed by some very inquisitive young Heart Radio listeners. Click here to listen.
Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home
A story book to help children understand the need to stay at home.
There are also activities that you might like to complete.
Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman
In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.
Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.
While we can’t hug
A story to look at the fun ways to social distance for younger children aged 3-7.
Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends.
They wanted to give each other a great, big hug.
But they weren't allowed to touch.
"Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them."
Wellbeing Journal Pack
This Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack can be used to support children during a school closure and when practising social distancing.
The journal enables children’s thoughts and worries to be expressed while recognising positive thoughts and feelings.
This allows the child to think freely and let go of thoughts while getting reassurance and support where necessary.
Supporting your child’s mental Health during Coronavirus